Do you remember the first time you surfed the internet? I can – it was a defining moment for me. I knew immediately I loved it and wanted to be a part of it. So in the autumn of 1998 I decided to build a site devoted to my favourite band. Armed with almost zero knowledge of building a website, I beavered away and on the 1st December 1998, my contraption was unleashed onto the world wide web. Little did I know that the hideous mess of a site I launched back then would one day morph into the slightly less hideous mess you now see before your very eyes, or that I'd still be working on the site well over a decade later.
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In that time (self-indulgent nonsense alert) I've had this site rank number one in Google, had the site mentioned on an ITV2 television show, been nominated two dotmusic.com website awards, got myself and my wife into two Erasure DVDs, been subjected to a voodoo curse from a disgruntled visitor, had my Breathe remix mistaken for an official mix, been contacted by an Andy Bell impersonator who spelt ciao as "chow", met some great people (especially Robin, Glynn and Jerry) and had hundreds of thousands of hopefully happy visitors to this very site. None too shabby, that.
I wonder what lies in store for this site during the next decade. Will the site one day be optimised for virtual-reality headsets, use a Minority Report style touch-screen interface or be available in 3D?! Or will I finally get bored of this site and decide to finally get around to making that Kelly Brook shrine? Only time will tell...
Having gone over 12 years of running an Erasure fan site, in March 2011 I finally plucked up the courage to ask the band via Twitter to view my site. Here's what they said:
That's a great site and I love the Quote from 'Home'..nice one! V
love 'when a lover leaves you' onge mix from Onge's fabulous new Erasure page
Both Vince and Andy have Tweeted about how much they like Onge's new-look Erasure fansite, and quite right too! Online since 1998 the site is one of the more enduring Erasure fansites around and you'd do well to check it out…
Taken from EIS newsletter